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How to be Single

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2016

Drew Barrymore — you know I love you but how does your Flower Films production company produce a film about female friendship and empowerment that barely passes the Bechdel test? And did we really need a thinly disguised remake of […]

Zoolander 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence, and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2016

Kind of like fashion itself, we don’t really care whether “Zoolander 2″ is any good. We go because it is silly fun. The original Zoolander, released in 2001 just after the attacks on 9/11, was based on shorts Ben Stiller […]

Touched With Fire

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2016

Movies are fascinated with mentally ill people but they usually do not do a very good job of portraying them accurately or compassionately. Too often they are either serial killers (“Silence of the Lambs”). Even worse, too often they are […]

Trailer: The Whole Truth with Keanu Reeves and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

posted by Nell Minow

Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the courtroom drama “The Whole Truth,” directed by “Frozen River’s” Courtney Hunt.

Create Your Own Zoolander Valentine!

posted by Nell Minow

Zoolander 2 and Valentine’s Day! Visit this site to show your valentine that your love is as true as Blue Steel!

Interview: Paul Dalio, Writer/Director of “Touched With Fire”

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Dalio is a rap artist, writer, and director whose own bipolar disorder inspired his new film, “Touched With Fire.” In an interview, he talked about how he portrayed the subjective experience of mania for the bipolar poets played by […]

Big Change at This Year’s Oscars: Thanked Names on Screen

posted by Nell Minow

Jezebel reports a long-overdue innovation in this year’s Oscar ceremony: nominees will have the opportunity to submit their list of people to thank before the show, so that they can run across the bottom of the screen. This will give […]

Deadpool

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2016

Frankly, exuberantly nasty — in the nicest possible way, Deadpool is not your father’s superhero. That is, unless your father is more like “Who’s your daddy?” all snarky wisecracks, 90’s pop culture references, and joyous mayhem. Deadpool is the po-mo […]

Interview: Marilyn Meberg from “Women of Faith”

posted by Nell Minow

Marilyn Meberg knows how to make everyone feel like an old friend. Counselor, author, and part of the Women of Faith tour of inspirational events, her kindness and warmth are illuminated with a wonderful humor, all grounded in a deep […]

Beliefnet’s Movie Love Quotes Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

Check out this great quiz about great movie love quotes! If you beat my score (18), let me know!

Trailer: Screenagers, a Documentary About 21st Century Kids and Their Devices

posted by Nell Minow

Every parent should see “Screenagers,” which explores the unprecedented challenges families face over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Insights from authors and brain scientists provide a context for thoughts about how to best empower kids to navigate […]

The People and Movies That Inspired “Hail, Caesar!”

posted by Nell Minow

The Coen brothers love old movies, and we see evidence of that in many of their films, including “Barton Fink,” about a hapless playwright who come to Hollywood to write movies in the 1940’s, and with their remakes of the […]

Interview: Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on his Father, the Cold War, and “Bridge of Spies”

posted by Nell Minow

Bridge of Spies, out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, tells the story of the tense negotiations for the exchange of a Soviet spy for an American U2 pilot and a graduate student. The pilot was Francis Gary Powers, who was flying […]

Joseph Gordon Levitt Wants to Know Your Thoughts on Technology and Democracy

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRECord project has a new initiative. He’s asking everyone to answer these questions: 1. Is today’s technology good or bad for Democracy? 2. How might the technology of the future be BAD for Democracy? 3. How might the […]

Interview: Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”

posted by Nell Minow

Nicholas Sparks is one of the must successful and best-loved authors in the world. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million […]

Black History Month 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take time during Black History month to watch movies the Civil Rights movement, (“Eyes on the Prize,” “Selma,” “Boycott”), and movies that are themselves a part of black history and film history (add to that list: “Killer of […]

A Moving Tribute to a Father Through Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Jessica Ritchey wrote a touching essay for Rogerebert.com about the movies she watched in the year after her father died, and how watching them helped her to keep him close. I’ve been published several times by the time I see […]

Hail, Caesar!

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2016

The Coen brothers love old movies, and not just the classics. I remember reading an interview where they discussed their affection for “With Six You Get Eggroll,” which even Doris Day’s most fervent fans do not consider one of her […]

The Choice

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2016

Nicholas Sparks is one of the rare authors who has become a brand of his own, bigger than any of his movies. One reason is their predicability; fans know what to expect and they won’t be disappointed. The other reason […]

Trailer: LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings

posted by Nell Minow

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But […]

New Music from Raffi: Owl Singalong

posted by Nell Minow

Owl Singalong, Raffi’s latest album (now available on CD and digital download) is one of his best. The title song is inspired by the owls that call to each other in his back yard, what he calls “the charming hooo […]

Trailer: Me Before You

posted by Nell Minow

Me Before You, the international best-seller by Jojo Moyes, is the story of a wealthy young man paralyzed in an accident and the happy — if sometimes hapless — girl who takes a job as his caregiver. Emilia Clarke (“Game […]

Television Takes On Two of the Biggest Crime Stories of the Past 25 Years

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars in the story of one of the biggest financial frauds of all time, Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme, with Blythe Danner as his wife. People who want to know more should watch the documentary “Chasing […]

Behind the Scenes: JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

posted by Nell Minow

I’m so excited about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with the first-even screenplay from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. It’s her first story set in the past and her first set in the United States. Here’s a behind […]

The Original Starship Enterprise is Being Restored at the Smithsonian

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post reports that the original “Star Trek” spaceship, the legendary Enterprise, is going to be restored in a delicate months-long process. Enterprise is a venerable ship — launched in 1964 at a Burbank, Calif., prop maker’s shop for […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

posted by Nell Minow

How many “Groundhog Days” did Bill Murray spend in Punxsutawney?

Interview: Producer Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hours”

posted by Nell Minow

Producer Jim Whitaker says that when he first read The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue, “every time it came to a different point in the story it just got more and more amazing. And in […]

Opening this Month: February 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Happy February! I love February. It’s short. It sometimes gets an extra day (yay! Leap year!). It has Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. And it means that the January movie doldrums are over. So let’s just remember to pronounce that […]

Interview: Ilya Tovbis on the DC Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Ilya Tovbis is director of the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, which will take place from February 24-March 6, 2016. In an interview, he talked about what it means to be a “Jewish movie.” “It’s on one hand easy and […]

Behind the Scenes: Hail, Caesar!

posted by Nell Minow

SAG Awards: DiCaprio, Larson, Vikander, Elba

posted by Nell Minow

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, and Idris Elba won the Screen Actors Guild awards last night. Elba, who also won for his television series “Luther,” was not nominated for an Oscar (he should have been), but the other three […]

New on DVD — The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

posted by Nell Minow

Five best friends set out on a courageous rescue packed with laughter, thrills and music in the all-new animated movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave coming to DVD and Digital HD on February 2, 2016, from Universal […]

Beyonce and Coldplay: Hymn for the Weekend

posted by Nell Minow

The upcoming halftime powerhouse of Coldplay and Beyoncé team up in “Hymn for the Weekend.”

Great Voices Sing John Denver

posted by Nell Minow

Some of the world’s great singers pay tribute to singer/songwriter John Denver in a new DVD and album with covers of his most beloved hits, including “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Calypso,” “Annie’s Song,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Performers […]

TCM 31 Days of Oscar 2016

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar every year in the month before the Oscar telecast. It is so much fun to see the nominees and winners from past years, not just for the big acting, […]

Behind the Scenes with Kung Fu Panda 3’s Bryan Cranston and Movietickets.com

posted by Nell Minow

The Finest Hours — The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

“The Finest Hours,” in theaters today, stars Chris Pine and Eric Bana in the fact-based story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In February of 1952, two tanker ships were in distress during a terrible storm off […]

The Finest Hours

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2016

“In the Coast Guard they say you gotta go out. They don’t say you gotta come back in.” It was a big nor’easter storm off the coast of Massachusetts. It was February 1952, so communications technology was limited. And not […]

Kung Fu Panda 3

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2016

The only panda more “aw-worthy” than Po (Jack Black), is the National Zoo’s Tian Tian rolling in the snow.  In this third outing, the roly poly martial arts hero is still kind, humble, brave, and wiser than he knows. And, […]

Oscar Nominee: World of Tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

“World of Tomorrow” turned up on several “best of the year” lists from movie critics. It has been nominated for an Oscar as best animated short film, and can be seen now on Vimeo (for a nominal fee) and Netflix […]

New Toys Reflect Diverse Bodies

posted by Nell Minow

This is progress. Barbie dolls will now come in diverse shapes, skin colors, and sizes, including petite and curvy. And LEGO is introducing disabled characters, including one in a wheelchair. It is wonderful that children will be able to play […]

Exclusive Clip from The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

posted by Nell Minow

The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave will be available on Digital HD and exclusively on DVD at Walmart on February 2, 2016. We are delighted to present an exclusive clip.

DVD: The Carol Burnett Show — Treasures from the Vault

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Screen Actor’s Guild lifetime achievement award goes to Carol Burnett, whose 11-year weekly variety show was one of the greatest programs in the history of television. Yet the first five seasons have never been seen since their original […]

Paul Rudd Plays Quantum Chess with Stephen Hawking — And Bill and Ted Reunite!

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Winter directs, Keanu Reeves narrates (from the future!) and Paul Rudd plays quantum chess with Stephen Hawking in this delightful short film.

Guess the Oscars and Win 60 Years of Free Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

Dealflicks Inc, an online company offering movie ticket and concession deals for up to 60% off, has announced its national launch of their 1st annual “Predict the Oscars” contest. If someone guesses all 24 of the Oscars correctly, he or […]

Happy Birthday, Mozart!

posted by Nell Minow

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born 260 years ago today, wrote eight operas by the age of 16 and produced over 600 works amounting to over 200 hours of music in his short 35 years. He was a brilliant composer whose work […]

Interview: Don Piper, who Spent “90 Minutes in Heaven”

posted by Nell Minow

The book 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life is the story of Don Piper, who was pronounced dead after a truck slammed into his car, and his long and painful recovery, with 34 surgeries. In […]

Tribute: Abe Vigoda

posted by Nell Minow

Was Abe Vigoda ever young? It seems hard to imagine. He is so indelibly fixed in our imaginations as the laconic, seen-in-all-and-was-not-impressed-by-it old guy. He has been old as long as most of us can remember. Today, we mourn his […]

Coming to Fox January 31, 2016: Grease Live!

posted by Nell Minow

It looks like a lot of fun — but caution, parents, there is some material in the show (based on the original play as well as the film) that may not be appropriate for younger children, including references to a […]

Interview: Matt Charman, Co-Screenwriter of “Bridge of Spies”

posted by Nell Minow

Matt Charman is a British playwright whose first script (with the Coen brothers) was for the Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies. It is based on the true story of an insurance lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who negotiated […]

Bruce Springsteen’s Chicago Concert Recording is Free for Just Two Days!

posted by Nell Minow

Bruce Springsteen has a consolation prize for those who had tickets to the New York performance that had to be cancelled because of the snowstorm — and for everyone else. The recording of his Chicago concert is available for free […]

Lessons from Kung Fu Panda

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Angela Guzman’s thoughtful essay on the lessons we can learn from the “Kung Fu Panda” series — great preparation for the third film, in theaters this Friday, January 29, 2016.

Read 2015’s Best Screenplays — For Free

posted by Nell Minow

You can read some of the best screenplays of 2015 for free on the great Go Into the Story website. Even if I have seen the movie several times, I always learn more from reading the script, and especially enjoy […]

Oscar Talk on Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks, as always, to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her podcast, Movie Addict Headquarters. This time, we were joined by Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts to talk about the 2016 Oscars — the surprises and snubs, how we’d […]

Truth and Power: Documentary Series About Protest, Activism and Change on Pivot TV

posted by Nell Minow

New on Pivot TV: Truth and Power, a 10-part series of films about protest, activism, and change. Maggie Gyllenhaal narrates the series, which covers #blacklivesmatter, government spying on US citizens, privately-run prisons, animal rights, and more.

Contest: Win a Pop Star Minnie Mouse Clubhouse DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

Join Minnie Mouse and Her Favorite Clubhouse Pals in the New Clubhouse Tour Bus Musical Adventure in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on DVD February 2nd! It includes the Pop Star Minnie episode plus 4 additional music themed episodes […]

Exclusive Clips! LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to be able to present two exclusive clips from LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life, available now on digital HD and February 2, 2016 DVD and Blu-Ray. Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about […]

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Dame Maggie Smith (the Early Years)

posted by Nell Minow

Maggie Smith gives another beautifully complex performance this week as “The Lady in the Van,” based on the real-life story of a mentally ill woman who parked her van “temporarily” in the driveway of writer Alan Bennett and stayed for […]

The Lady in the Van

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief unsettling image
Movie Release Date:January 22, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief unsettling image
Movie Release Date: January 22, 2016

What connects us to each other? What creates a sense of obligation? Why is it that we somehow find ourselves alone when we don’t want to be and with others when we don’t want to be? Are there secrets that […]

Coming to Theaters: Explore the Architectural Wonders of the World with “Art & Architecture in Cinema”

posted by Nell Minow

Fathom Events, in partnership with SpectiCast, presents the “Art & Architecture” series in select U.S. cinemas from January through July 2016. The program will feature seven different titles (one each month) and bring the world’s greatest works of art and […]

Behind the Scenes and the Real Story of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

posted by Nell Minow

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is based on the stories of CIA contractors who tried to make sense out of the chaos during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya that resulted in the death of the […]

Did You Miss the Best Picture Oscar Nominees? See them All in an AMC Octo-Feature!

posted by Nell Minow

AMC’s Best Picture nominee showcase is your chance to see all eight nominees for the Best Picture Oscar. They are splitting the movies into two consecutive Saturdays, so you can choose to attend one day or both days — or, […]

New on PBS: Mercy Street

posted by Nell Minow

“How I Met Your Mother’s” Josh Radnor stars in the first full-scale PBS-produced miniseries in a long time, “Mercy Street,” the story of a Civil War hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. As always happens in wartime, when there are vast […]

Trailer: Hugh Jackman in the Ski-Jumper Story “Eddie the Eagle”

posted by Nell Minow

And here’s the real-life Eddie the Eagle in the 1988 Olympics.

Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal Audition as Cher in “Clueless”

posted by Nell Minow

W asked Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano to audition for the part of Cher in “Clueless,” reading her famous speech about the “Hate-ians.” While they make the mistake of pronouncing it correctly, I’d love to see […]

Why Are the Acting Oscar Nominees All White AGAIN?

posted by Nell Minow

Spike Lee, who accepted a special Oscar award just two months ago, has said he will boycott the award show this year in protest of yet another all-white list of nominees. He is right to be outraged. How could Sylvester […]

Happy Birthday Dolly Parton!

posted by Nell Minow

Singer/songwriter/actress/businesswoman Dolly Parton turns 70 today! This song was inspired by her childhood, born the fourth child of 12, to mother, Avie Lee and father, Robert Lee, in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Here she sings one of her […]

Tribute: Glen Frey

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, who died today at age 69. His music was indelibly linked to “Miami Vice” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” You can also see him as an actor in “Miami Vice” and “Jerry […]

Happy Birthday, Cary Grant!

posted by Nell Minow

I love this tribute to Cary Grant by Michael Caine.

“Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits His Old School to Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Claire Lazebnik for sharing this wonderful video. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visits his elementary school to sing a wonderful tribute to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Critics Choice Awards 2016

posted by Nell Minow

TJ Miller hosted the first-ever combined Critics Choice film and television awards. I am not in any way objective because I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but I think it is a great show and I’m very […]

Movies to Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. I highly […]

Trailer: Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in “Elvis & Nixon”

posted by Nell Minow

It really happened. There’s a picture to prove it. And this is the story.

Watch Tonight! The 2016 Critics Choice Awards on A&E

posted by Nell Minow

This is the award show I love best because I get to vote! This year for the first time the Critics Choice TV and movie awards will be given out at the same ceremony. Be sure to tune in! And […]

Live to Tell: History Channel Series Has Special Forces Tell Their Stories

posted by Nell Minow

Army Rangers, Seal Team members, and other special forces tell the stories of some of their most dangerous and exciting missions in “Live to Tell,” from producer Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Lone Survivor”), on the History Channel. Tomorrow night’s […]

Trailer: All Roads Lead to Rome

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Jessica Parker and Rosie Day star in a romantic comedy about a mother-daughter trip to Rome and rekindling old flames.

Morgan Freeman’s New Series About God

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Freeman’s new series for the National Geographic Channel is The Story of God, premiering April 3, 2016. Freeman, who has played God in films, has put together footage and interviews that cover all religions, cultures, and eras, even the […]

Rawdon Messenger, CEO of TeenSafe, Talks About Online Safety

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Rawdon Messenger, CEO of TeenSafe, who answered my questions about keeping tweens and teens safe online. At what age do most kids get their first cell phone or iPad? The age is getting younger and younger. Pew […]

Son of Saul

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:January 15, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: January 15, 2016

As we move past the time when there are living witnesses to the Holocaust who can tell us their stories, we need more than ever voices like first-time writer/director László Nemes to tell the stories. I know there are those […]

Norm of the North

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild rude humor and action
Movie Release Date:January 15, 2016
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild rude humor and action
Movie Release Date: January 15, 2016

“Norm of the North” is not awful, but it is also not special, not new, not funny, and not that interesting. The script is over-plotted but under-written, with confusing detours and uneven tone. It’s as though instead of coming up […]

Oscar Nominations 2016

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar nominees for 2016 are out! Best Motion Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon, The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant […]

Tribute: Alan Rickman

posted by Nell Minow

The great British actor Alan Rickman has died at age 69, a sad loss for fans throughout the world. He first came to wide attention and acclaim as the bad guy in the original Die Hard, a performance so sensational […]

Trailer: Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor

posted by Nell Minow

Alliance of Women Film Journalist (AWFJ) EDA Movie Awards 2016

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and delighted to announce this year’s award winners: AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS These awards are presented to women and/or men. Best Film SPOTLIGHT Best […]

Adam Driver: Language is as Powerful as a Weapon

posted by Nell Minow

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is a former Marine who is bringing the skills of performing and expression to the military. VICE News follows Adam Driver and his fellow actors as Arts in the Armed […]

New on DVD: Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates

posted by Nell Minow

Join newly promoted Captain Jake as he unites Never Land’s all-time greatest pirates! When evil mer-witch Ezmeralda tries to take over the Never Sea by awakening the Strake, a legendary three-headed sea serpent, Jake and his crew try to intervene […]

Contest: Special Edition of “Everest” With Carabiner!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have a special edition of the “Everest” movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal to give away! The film is is available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD January 19th. The movie features stunning photography that takes […]

Smile of the Week: Gratitude Paintings

posted by Nell Minow

Contest: Norm of the North Activity Book!

posted by Nell Minow

Win a Norm of the North activity book with word search, maze, scrambled letters, and connect the dots puzzles. Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Norm in the subject line and tell me your favorite arctic animal. Don’t forget […]

Tribute: David Bowie

posted by Nell Minow

David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69.  So we did not lost one of the singular artists of the 20th century — we lost a dozen.  Bowie was a musician, a performance artist, and an actor whose constant […]

Trailer: Midnight Special

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Shannon plays the father of a boy with special powers in “Midnight Special,” from writer/director Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”). The cast includes Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo” TV series), Sam Shepard (“August: Osage County”), […]

The Winners! Golden Globes 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Bring back Tina and Amy! Ricky Gervais was so intent on being outrageous he forgot to be funny for much of the 2016 Golden Globes broadcast. A running gag about being bored was just, well, boring. And the insults he […]

Trailer: A Monster Calls with Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones

posted by Nell Minow

Free from the New York Public Library: Digital Archive of 180,000 Files

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Public Library is one of the world’s great repositories and now 180,000 items in its collections are available to anyone with online access. That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost […]

PBS Special “Web Junkie” on the Impact of Screen Time on Children

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that “Web Junkie,” a special to be shown January 11, 2016 on PBS, has some disturbing data for parents about the impact of screen time on children. Excessive use of computer games among young people […]

Interview: Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan

posted by Nell Minow

Michelle Morgan has followed her books on Marilyn Monroe and Madonna with a meticulously researched and insightfully written biography of Thelma Todd, a star of early Hollywood who appeared in films with the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton but who […]

Golden Globe Nomination Chart

posted by Nell Minow

Data curated by PrettyFamous

Trailer: Disneynature’s Born in China

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s upcoming release from DisneyNature showcases the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty of China, including rare footage of endangered snow leopards.

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his cast spent months in remote, frozen locations in Ontario, standing in for the frontier of the United States in the early 1800’s. Underneath the beards and fur, you’ve seen many of the actors before. […]

Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley!

posted by Nell Minow

Anomalisa

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date:January 8, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date: January 8, 2016

The “Fregoli delusion” sometimes called the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder that makes people believe that everyone else in the world is in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. When Michael Stone (David […]

The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

In the 1820’s, ladies of fashion liked fur trim. And, true then as now, men like money. So frontiersmen went on trapping expeditions into the wilderness of the young country of the United States of America (played here by British […]

Dragons: Race to the Edge Season 2 on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

Toothless and Hiccup go nose-to-nose with Skrill in an electrifying battle. Watch all the action unfold in an all-new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix, January 8th, 2016.

Tribute: Pat Harrington of “One Day at a Time”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Pat Harrington, best remembered as “One Day at a Time’s” Dwayne Schneider, the building superintendent who thought of himself as a ladies man, but had a genuine affection for the single mom played by Bonnie […]

SCE Foundation: Promoting Access to Learning Through Digital Media

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud of my old friend Susan Crown for her vision in creating this initiative and of my sister for being a part of it!

Trailer: Helen Mirren Stars in “Eye in the Sky”

posted by Nell Minow

Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul star in “Eye in the Sky,” a military thriller about using drones for recon and weapons. Do you drop a bomb on a terrorist if there is a child playing nearby?

Guidelines for Parents: Is My Child Old Enough for This Movie?

posted by Nell Minow

Betsy Bozdech of Common Sense Media gives Cricket’s Circle some tips on determining whether your child is old enough to understand and appreciate a movie. The most important factors to keep in mind: (1) Do your homework — just because […]

Elvis Presley Rings and Memorabilia to Be Auctioned January 7, 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Invaluable auction house is putting Elvis Presley items up for auction on January 7, 2016, including his signature on a library checkout card for a book called Courageous Heart. Starting bid: $5000. If you have a bit more to spend […]

TCM Salutes Fred MacMurray

posted by Nell Minow

Turner Classic Movies is leading off 2016 with a great choice for their star of the month: Fred MacMurray. I grew up watching him as the genial single dad in “My Three Sons,” and the inventor of flubber (flying rubber) […]

#WheresRey in the Star Wars Monopoly Game?

posted by Nell Minow

Jenna Busch asked Hasbro to explain why [spoiler alert] the main character of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is not represented in their Star Wars Monopoly game. Even though [another spoiler alert] one of the four figures in the game […]

Other 2015 Bests: Character Actors, Kisses, Indies, Docs

posted by Nell Minow

The Golden Globes will be awarded this week, followed by the Broadcast Film Critics Awards on January 17, 2016 and the Oscars next month. But none of them are likely to mention the following, which I came across in year-end […]

When Will the Next Star Wars Films Be Released?

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait for more? Well, Disney says this is what we have to look forward to in the “Star Wars” universe. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (takes place before Episode IV, about obtaining the plans Leia will stash in […]

Opening This Week: Anomalisa and The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

There were no major national releases in movie theaters last week, and this week’s releases are not entirely “new” — their titles may be familiar from critics’ end of year top ten lists. Both had “qualifying” limited releases so they […]

Concussion is About Football — and About Faith

posted by Nell Minow

The New Yorker has a thoughtful essay by Ian Crouch about the spiritual and religious themes in Will Smith’s fact-based movie, “Concussion.” Smith plays real-life doctor Bennet Omalu, who insisted on pursuing the issue of head trauma in professional football […]

Star Trek Stamps from USPS

posted by Nell Minow

The US Postal Service is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a new set of stamps that have four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet […]

Coming to the CW This Month: DC Comics’ Legends of Tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, and Wentworth Miller star in this latest comic book series and I think it looks great!

Happy 2016! Here’s What’s Coming to Theaters This Year

posted by Nell Minow

Happy new year! Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to seeing in theaters in 2016. As usual, we have sequels, remakes, superheroes, movies based on best-selling books, and movies based on real-life stories. And, as usual, what I look […]

120 Years of Cinema in 120 Seconds

posted by Nell Minow

The Moon Film team tells the story of cinema: After a brief overview of the processes that led to Cinema, from Nicéphore Niépce’s oldest surviving photograph in 1826 or 1827 to Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre optique in 1892, you’ll find 75 […]

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn Dance in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a scene from my favorite New Year’s movie, Holiday, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Lew Ayres. Happy new year to all!

Looking Back: David Erlich’s 25 Best Films of 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Year in Pop Culture

posted by Nell Minow

From Costume Supercenter

Movies in 2015 — Best, Worst, and Final Thoughts

posted by Nell Minow

A final round-up on the movies of 2015 The best: Tied For First: “The Big Short” and “Chi-raq,” both all the more ferocious for being as funny and purely entertaining as they are angry Tied For Second: “Brooklyn” “Carol” “Ex […]

Rogerebert.com Round-Up of 2015’s Best Performances

posted by Nell Minow

A living legend. A lonely shopgirl. A scientist. A spy. Several assassins. The best performances of 2015 came from various corners of the world, from actors who we expect to see in features like this to ones we had never […]

#Where’sRey — Why Do “Star Wars” Action Figure Sets Leave Out the Main Character?

posted by Nell Minow

Jen Yamato writes on The Daily Beast about the infuriating and inexplicable omission of Rey toys from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sets. The #WheresRey hashtag first trended over a month ago when Star Wars fans noticed a shocking lack […]

Chaz Ebert on the Need for Diverse Voices in Film Criticism

posted by Nell Minow

Chaz Ebert of rogerebert.com writes in The Daily Beast about the importance of more diverse voices in movie criticism — and in those who make movies, too. Meryl Streep’s use of the word “infuriating” to describe the disproportionate ratio of […]

Alliance of Women Film Journalist Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its nominations for the best (and some of the worst) in film for 2015.  I have already voted my ballot for the final awards and look forward to the winners. Best Film […]

Ann Hornaday on Watching Ultra-Violence

posted by Nell Minow

Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday has a thoughtful piece about the violence in two end-of-the-year western-style frontier stories, “The Revenant,” from the director of last year’s Best Picture “Birdman,” Alejandro González Iñárritu and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” Both “The […]

New Paramount Films Available Free on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Now free on YouTube via The Paramount Vault: a digital cinematic collection of films sorted into Classics, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Westerns, Science Fiction, and Thrillers. Many of them are B-movies and oddities, but there are treasures for movie fans, […]

Debbie Reynolds’ New Book: Make ‘Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends

posted by Nell Minow

Debbie Reynolds can be described with the term used for one of her most memorable characters, Molly Brown. Indeed, her previous memoir is called Unsinkable. On screen, she has appeared in classic films like “Singin’ in the Rain” (when she […]

Tribute: Haskell Wexler

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Haskell Wexler, one of the greatest cinematographers in Hollywood history, the director of the pioneering film “Medium Cool,” and the subject of a documentary by his son, Tell Them Who You Are. The International Cinematographers […]

A Blessed Kwanzaa

posted by Nell Minow

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that celebrates the values of unity, self-determination, work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Kwanzaa Kwest is a good way to help families teach children about the holiday.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Home Free

posted by Nell Minow

Children, Go Where I Send Thee — with Home Free and Kenny Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

Christmastime is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Concussion

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2015

It is a true story that seemed to have all the elements for a heartwarming, uplifting story about speaking truth to power, told with big stars and lots of Hollywood gloss. And yet, it does not work. In football terms, […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: The Nativity Play from “Bells of St. Mary’s”

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable Nativity play is endearingly natural and the enjoyment we see in Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman seems entirely authentic. The play’s dialogue was indeed made up by the children themselves, with the lead played by the son of […]

Bing Crosby: What Child is This and Holly and the Ivy

posted by Nell Minow

A blessed Christmas to all!

Joy

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence is “Joy,” reuniting with her “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” #squad, director David O. Russell and co-stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. She plays real-life consumer products inventor and television sales mogul Joy Mangano, who lived […]

Daddy’s Home

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2015

It is sometimes said that competition between men is a substitute for comparing their male body parts. In “Daddy’s Home,” the men actually lower their trousers — in front of a doctor and a woman who has been married to […]

Kukla, Fran, and Ollie: Christmastime is Here

posted by Nell Minow

Burr Tillstrom, the man behind Kukla and Ollie, was a friend of my parents, so I was lucky enough to see the Kuklapolitans in person. Here they are singing “Christmastime is Here” (not the Charlie Brown version). And you can […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: An Affair to Remember

posted by Nell Minow

Director Leo McCarey remade his own wonderful film, Love Affair, starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, as An Affair to Remember with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. Forget the third version, with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, but don’t overlook […]

A Christmas Story: Dinner in a Chinese Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

A Christmas Story, based on the childhood of writer Jean Shepherd, is a cherished holiday classic, with one of the greatest endings of any movie ever as the family, a bit dazed after the upheavals of the day that including […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: “Comfort and Joy”

posted by Nell Minow

This bittersweet moment from the lovely Christmas film “Comfort and Joy” pays tribute to those who give up their holidays to make ours a little brighter. I love this film — and all my radio friends who let me talk […]

Interview: Will Poulter on “The Revenant”

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been a big fan of Will Poulter since he played a young filmmaker in the delightful Son of Rambow, and it has been a lot of fun to watch him grow up — and grow as an actor — […]

“Miracle on 34th Street” — Santa Lessons

posted by Nell Minow

A Heartwarming Short Film: Lily and the Snowman

posted by Nell Minow

“White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye

posted by Nell Minow

This Christmas classic needs no introduction:

“Meet Me in St. Louis” — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Judy Garland sings this bittersweet classic to Margaret O’Brien as they prepare for what they think will be their last Christmas in the home they love.

The Razzleberry Dressing Song from “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”

posted by Nell Minow

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol has some of the best movie songs of all time, from “Funny Girl’s” composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. This is one of my favorites, with Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit.

Interview: Lawrence Kasanoff on the New Documentary “Mindfulness — Be Happy Now”

posted by Nell Minow

Hollywood producer Lawrence Kasanoff makes movies like Mortal Kombat. But his interest in mindfulness and its link to happiness has inspired a documentary called Mindfulness: Be Happy Now. In an interview, he talked about the difference between mindfulness and meditation […]

Amy Dickinson’s Great Idea: A Book on Every Bed

posted by Nell Minow

My annual reminder about Ask Amy’s “book on every bed” advice for families, a wonderful annual tradition: You take a book (it can be a new book or a favorite from your own childhood). You wrap it. On Christmas Eve […]

Die Hard: McClane Meets Hans

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. And this scene, featured in my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, is one of my favorites. Writer Rodrick Thorp saw the movie, “The Towering Inferno,” and that night he dreamed of a man […]

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: the Cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

posted by Nell Minow

Of course we all know Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca). But do some of the other cast members of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” look familiar? Here’s where you’ve seen them. Daisy […]

Claymation Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Number 4 in my series of great Christmas movie moments is one of our family favorites, from the wonderful master of claymation, Will Vinton. That expression of disgust followed by helplessness is hilarious. It’s on Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas.

Sisters

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2015

BFFs Amy Poehler and Tina Fey clearly had a whale of a good time making this movie.  Watching it is another story, and not nearly as good. Yes, I suppose it’s fair to say that women’s humor can be as […]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2015

About five minutes after it began, the long-suffering Dave (Jason Lee, looking tired and oh so over this) comes home to find that the irrepressable little singing chipmunks in the midst of a wild party with a half-pipe set up […]

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Video 2015

posted by Nell Minow

I am so honored to appear in this video from last spring’s Roger Ebert Film Festival. Many thanks to Luke Boyce and his awesome team of filmmakers and of course to Chaz Ebert, Nate Kohn, Mary Susan Britt, and all […]

Trailer: Storks

posted by Nell Minow

“Storks” is an animated film with the voice talents of Andy Samberg, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelsey Grammer.

Interview: Oscar Isaac in 2006

posted by Nell Minow

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Oscar Isaac played Joseph in The Nativity Story and I have been a huge fan ever since. Here’s the interview I did with him back in 2006. Oscar Isaac plays Joseph in the respectful […]

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Phone Scene

posted by Nell Minow

This is my favorite scene in a movie that is just about everyone’s favorite at this time of year: It’s a Wonderful Life. George tries to pretend that he doesn’t love Mary and almost fools even himself. But when they […]

Adorable A Capella “Star Wars” Themes with the Movie Cast, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots

posted by Nell Minow

I love this!

Star Wars Light Saber Battles

posted by Nell Minow

Data curated by PrettyFamous

A Christmas Carol: Alastair Sim’s Scrooge Visits Fred

posted by Nell Minow

The one movie I make sure to watch every year at Christmas is the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol.” The final scene always brings me to tears.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Movie Release Date:December 16, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Movie Release Date: December 16, 2015

The force is strong in this thrilling new chapter in the story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Fans will get goosebumps right from the start as the familiar logo and musical theme are followed […]

Interview: Kent Jones on the Documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut”

posted by Nell Minow

If you are very lucky, some day a book will change your life. And no book changed my life more profoundly than Hitchcock/Truffaut, a book-length interview of one of the world’s greatest movie directors by another who happened to be […]

This Christmas: Line Dance

posted by Nell Minow

I’m going to post clips from ten of my favorite holiday films, starting with one I recommend every year, This Christmas. This delightful line dance scene comes at the very end and it is especially fun because it is the […]

Win a DVD and Signed Poster — Angels Sing with Connie Britton and Harry Connick Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

You can win a DVD of Angels Sing, a warm-hearted holiday treat featuring singing greats Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr. and Connie Britton. And it comes with a signed poster! As a child Michael wished every […]

Critics Choice Nominees 2015

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and excited that we’ve joined forces with the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to announce this year’s nominees. Be sure to tune in for our Critics Choice Awards […]

Interview: Jared Hess on the Biblical Archeology Comedy “Don Verdean”

posted by Nell Minow

Jared and Jerusha Hess are best known as the co-screenwriters of the offbeat comedy Napoleon Dynamite, which Hess also directed. Their latest film is “Don Verdean,” with Sam Rockwell as a hapless Biblical archeologist who commits fraud to satisfy backers […]

2015 Awards — Online Film Critics Society

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and proud of our 2015 awards. Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road Best Animated Feature: Inside Out Best Film Not in the English Language: The Assassin (Taiwan) Best […]

Happy 90th Birthday to Dick van Dyke!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy happy 90th birthday to one of my all-time favorites, Dick van Dyke!

Interview: Juliet Stevenson on Playing Mother Teresa in “The Letters

posted by Nell Minow

Juliet Stevenson plays Mother Teresa in William Riead‘s The Letters. In our interview, I began by asking her about playing the famously tiny nun when she is a tall woman. ” You’re absolutely right and one of the first things […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Frank Sinatra!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy centenary to the Chairman of the Board, the Voice, Old Blue-Eyes, Frank Sinatra, one of the greatest stars of all time. These are some of my favorite Sinatra movies. On the Town, with Gene Kelly and Jules Munchin He […]

Trailer: Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”

posted by Nell Minow

Roald Dahl’s book about The BFG (big friendly giant) is coming to theaters, directed by Steven Spielberg and with a script from “E.T” screenwriter Melissa Mathison. (It has a bit of an “E.T.” feel to it, don’t you think?)

Trailer: LAIKA’s “Kubo and the Two Strings”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming next summer: “Kubo and the Two Strings” is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories […]

The Big Short

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date:December 11, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2015

Director Adam McKay is so obsessed with the 2008 financial meltdown that he inserted a series of charts and graphs and statistics about it over the closing credits of the silly buddy-cop comedy, The Other Guys. Yes, there was a […]

In the Heart of the Sea

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2015

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is a brilliant novel about humanity, nature, obsession, power, and pretty much everything else, with a lot of technical information about whaling thrown in for good measure and metaphor. Nathaniel Philbrick’s acclaimed book about the tragic […]

Interview: Trevor Habberstad on the Stunts in “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Trevor Habberstad, a second generation stuntman, coordinated the stunts for the Marvel movie, Ant-Man. In an interview, we talked about the special challenges of creating stunts for a superhero who is only a fraction of an inch high. “We had […]

Behind the Scenes: “Hateful Eight’s” Ultra-Panavision Panoramas

posted by Nell Minow

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “The Hateful Eight,” was filmed in Ultra-Panavision for a rare experience of totally immersive vistas. Be on the lookout for the old-school “roadshow” release, with overture, intermission, and program!

Contest: Win a DVD of the Disney Story “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have three copies of “Walt Before Mickey” to give away. Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Walt and Jon Heder plays his brother Roy in this low-key story of the early years of big dreams and big challenges. […]

Interview: Bill Riead of the Mother Teresa Film, “The Letters”

posted by Nell Minow

William Riead is the writer/director of the lovely film about Mother Teresa called The Letters. It was a great pleasure to talk to him about his dedication to sharing her story. “I wanted the story to be accurate when I […]

Interview: The Blonde at the Film

posted by Nell Minow

Cameron is The Blonde at the Film, and her blog on vintage movie classics is one of my favorites. I especially love the History Through Hollywood series where she traces technology and culture as portrayed over the years in films. […]

Exclusive Clip: Puss in Boots Season 2 on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

Puss in Boots is bringing the charm in an all-new season of The Adventures of Puss in Boots from Dreamworks Animation only on Netflix, available December 11, 2015.

Online Film Critics Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) – the oldest and most prominent society for online film critics in the world – recognized the year’s best films with nominations for their 19th annual awards. “Carol” and “Sicario” led the race with […]

Washington Critics Awards for 2015: Spotlight, Mad Max, Inside Out

posted by Nell Minow

D.C. Film Critics Shine a ‘Spotlight’ on Award Winners Washington, D.C. — When the dust settled and the votes were counted, two very different films led the way as the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their honorees […]

The Maccabeats’ Latke Recipe for 2015/5776

posted by Nell Minow

The Maccabeats teach us to make delicious potato latkes for Hanukkah to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance with Me!”

Happy Hanukkah 2015/5776!

posted by Nell Minow

This is a funny one from Six13!

Washington Area Film Critics Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The 2015 WAFCA nominees for the best we saw on screens this year: Best Film: Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant Sicario Spotlight Best Director: Alex Garland (Ex Machina) Todd Haynes (Carol) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant) George Miller […]

What’s the Worst Toy of 2015?

posted by Nell Minow

It’s time for the TOADY Awards again. The most oppressive, destructive, exploitative, media-saturating, imagination-killing products on the market. The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood has posted the TOADY nominees, and now is your chance to vote. Will it be the spy […]

Interview: Jake Morrison on the Special Effects in “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Jake Morrison is the guy behind the visual effects for Marvel movies like “Thor” and “The Avengers” and for Ant-Man, which is out on DVD December 8, 2015. He’s already working on the next “Thor” movie. It was a lot […]

Exclusive Clip: Don Verdean

posted by Nell Minow

“Napoleon Dynamite” co-writer/director Jared Hess has a new film called “Don Verdean” and we are delighted to present an exclusive clip. Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, and Danny McBride star in a story about a […]

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Juliet Stevenson

posted by Nell Minow

Juliet Stevenson gives a performance of haunting beauty as Mother Teresa in this week’s film, “The Letters.” She is one of my favorite actors, and if you have not seen her in these films, now is a good time to […]

Exclusive Clip: Christmas Eve

posted by Nell Minow

In this exclusive clip from “Christmas Eve,” the ensemble film opening today, several groups are stuck in elevators around New York City just hours before Christmas. In this exclusive clip, Gary Cole and Shawn King talk about faith, disappointment, and […]

Christmas Eve

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the Christmas season is also the most hectic and the most fraught. Our to-do lists are overwhelming. Our expectations are even more so. And then there are the expectations […]

Exclusive Clip: Walt Disney Dreams Big in “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

Khoa Le directed Walt Before Mickey, the story of Walt Disney’s early years of big dreams and big failures. It’s now available on DVD and we are pleased to present an exclusive clip.

A Royal Night Out

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015

The fantasy of royalty mingling among the commoners goes back as far as royalty itself, turning up in classic stories from the Arabian nights to Mark Twain’s Prince and The Pauper to Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar-winning Roman Holiday, and in civilian […]

The Letters

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material including some images of human suffering
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material including some images of human suffering
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015

Mother Teresa, the Albanian nun who devoted her life to “the poorest of the poor” in India, is one of the foremost figures of the 20th century, and on the way to being recognized as a saint by the Catholic […]

Chi-Raq

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2016

“WAKE UP!” Laurence Fishburne pleads at the end of Spike Lee’s incendiary movie, “School Daze,” not just one of Lee’s best films but one of the most important films of the 1980’s. He was not talking to his fellow students. […]

Interview: Teyonah Parris and Spike Lee on “Chi-Raq”

posted by Nell Minow

“Chi-Raq” is one of the best films of the year and one of the most important films of many years. It is a searing wail of love, grief, and fury inspired by “Lysistrata,” a play written in 411 BC. A […]

2015 Movie Trailer Mash-Up from Sleepy Skunk

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to this every year and it is always better than I hoped — this compilation of the year in movies is simply spectacular. Here’s the list of films in order.

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Zoolander 2
Kind of like fashion itself, we don't really care whether "Zoolander 2" is any good. We go because it is silly fun. The original Zoolander, ...

posted 5:22:04pm Feb. 11, 2016 | read full post »

Touched With Fire
Movies are fascinated with mentally ill people but they usually do not do a very good job of portraying them accurately or compassionately. Too often they are either serial killers ("Silence of the Lambs"). Even worse, too often they are ...

posted 5:12:04pm Feb. 11, 2016 | read full post »

Trailer: The Whole Truth with Keanu Reeves and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDgt-d2qBKM[/youtube] Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the courtroom drama "The Whole Truth," directed by "Frozen River's" Courtney Hunt. ...

posted 8:52:22am Feb. 11, 2016 | read full post »

Create Your Own Zoolander Valentine!
Zoolander 2 and Valentine's Day! Visit this site to show your valentine that your love is as true as Blue Steel! ...

posted 10:47:24pm Feb. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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